NMARHOF, BELLEVILLE OFFICERS MEET; AGREE TO WORKING RELATIONSHIP TO PRESERVE HISTORY
Officers of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in Sun Prairie, Wis. and the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame and National Auto Racing Museum in Belleville, Kans. met June 3 at Knoxville, Iowa to solidify a working relationship which will benefit the sport as well as create opportunities to increase awareness of both institutions.
Presidents Les McBurney (NMARHOF) and Don McChesney (Belleville) were joined by NMARHOF Officers Dick Jordan (Vice President) and Bill Engelhart (Treasurer), plus Belleville's Jim Erickson (Treasurer) and Induction Steering Committee Member John McChesney for the 1-1/2 hour meeting at which various topics were discussed, including the sharing of exhibits and promotional ideas.
"I'm very pleased with our meeting," said NMARHOF President McBurney. "It was very cordial and we obviously made great strides toward preserving our sport's history and I look forward to a bright future of cooperation between the two institutions."
The meeting coincided with the NMARHOF June meeting, held in the suites at Knoxville Raceway prior to that night's "Knoxville Midget Nationals."
"It's a great honor to represent our sport's history and present it to the nation's public," offered McChesney. "We are certainly delighted to work with the officers at Sun Prairie and hope this new association produces dynamic results."
The NMARHOF celebrates the 70-plus-year history of Midget Auto Racing, while Belleville showcases not only the grand history of the famed 1/2-mile Kansas oval but other participants and forms of motorsports as well.
Information regarding both institutions and upcoming 2006 inductions can be found on the respective websites at www.worthyofhonor.com or www.highbanks-museum.org.